Cat & Dog Vaccinations in Holmdel, NJ
At Bayshore Veterinary Hospital, we know the power of wellness plans and preventative care. Recent advances in veterinary medicine have demonstrated the importance of preventative care in maximizing lifelong health for pets. Having your pet fully vaccinated is one of the most vital steps you can take to improve their health and well-being. That’s why we offer comprehensive, personalized cat and dog vaccinations to every one of our patients. We’ve made it our mission to safeguard pets by preventing potentially catastrophic diseases and to facilitate responsible ownership for our clients. Call us today at (732) 671-3110.
What You Need to Know About Cat and Dog Vaccinations
Vaccines are part of a comprehensive approach to preventative care that includes:
- Routine physical exams, including imaging when necessary
- Parasite prevention
- Sound nutrition tailored to the health and caloric intake needs of every pet
Core Dog Vaccines
This is a combination vaccine that includes Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus
This is a required vaccination as this is a fatal disease.
Dog Non Core Vaccines
While technically not a core vaccine, it is strongly recommended because Lepto is transmitted in the urine of a contaminated animal, and lives in water and soil for more than a year. There has been an increase in outbreaks across the country in recent years resulting in the deaths of otherwise healthy pet dogs.
For the prevention of Bordetella, commonly known as kennel cough, we strongly recommended this vaccine for any dog who spends time around groups of other dogs- whether at daycare, dog parks, grooming salons, etc.
We strongly recommend this vaccine recommended for dogs who live in areas heavily infested with ticks that can spread Lyme disease.
Also known as “dog flu”, canine influenza vaccinations can protect against two strains – H3N8 and H3N2.
Cat Core Vaccines
This is a required vaccination as this is a fatal disease that affects both cats and dogs.
FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Feline Herpesvirus Type 1)
This combination vaccine protects against three highly contagious diseases.
Cat Non Core Vaccines
FeLV (Feline Leukemia)
While technically not a core vaccine, it is strongly recommended for all cats who go outside or who live with other cats that do have feline leukemia.
Dog and cat vaccines are administered according to protocols established for use throughout the veterinary profession. At our animal hospital in Holmdel, NJ, we apply those standards, taking into consideration each pet’s overall health, lifestyle, age, and more. We then adjust the recommended guidelines to specifically meet your pet’s individual needs.
Do Dogs & Cats of Every Age Need to Be Vaccinated?
Pet vaccinations are extremely important for puppies and kittens who need to establish baseline health as they grow into adulthood. They’re moderately important for adult pets, depending on their lifestyle, and become less of a concern for senior pets who often lead a less active lifestyle.
Often, the focus shifts from prevention to surveillance for older pets, leading to a greater reliance on diagnostics. Since no two pets are exactly alike, a one-size-fits-all approach to prevention and treatment is not ideal. We prefer to evaluate on a case-by-case basis and adapt guidelines to the needs of each individual pet.
If you’d like to learn more about the importance of dog and cat vaccinations, or if you need to schedule an appointment for your pet, please give us a call at (732) 671-3110. We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon!